1997-03-14; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 68 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1997 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community FRIDAY March 14, 1997 14 pages SGA proposes doubling $5 fee By Heather N. LaFave LIFE Staff Writer Student Government Association's interest in a 100 percent increase in the Student Organization Fee was a topic of discussion at the Student- Trustees Liaison Committee meeting Thursday. Ibm Olver, committee member and Bay City senior, said SGA's research on Student Budget Allocation Committee funds suggests the committee will not have as much money available next school year because there will be little turn-over in funds from this year. Olver said SBAC, which receives it funds from a levy on the $5 per year Student Organization Fee, has been funding an increasing number of programs. SBAC has no money left right now, he said, and the members don't meet anymore. To remedy the lack of funding, Olver said SGA is looking into the possibility of doubling the student fee so that more money can be put into bringing programs to the students. "Access to experience is something I think students will want," he said. Board of Trustees' member Sid Smith said the board needs to consider ramifications of another fee increase and look at whether or not such an increase would be of value to the students. "If we have to pay a few extra dollars, that's what we have to do," Smith said. However, he said maintaining CMU's value to potential students is also important. Only one school in Michigan charges less than CMU, he said. Lisa Diaz, SGA president and East Lansing senior, said she supports the idea of a fee increase and said she will talk to the students to find out what they want. "I am supportive of this from seeing what other schools have and wishing we could have the Faculty discusses inserting global education at CMU LIFE Staff Writer LIFE Photo/Gabriel Guerrero SGA member Beth Campbell, Pellston senior, addresses the Student-Trustees Liason Committee about student concerns Thursday night in the Bovee University Center President's Room. same," Diaz said. She said increasing SBAC's funding would make more money available to student organizations for programs, thereby making it possible for students to get more involved in extracurricular activities. "I don't want to make anyone not able to attend college," she said. An SGA report presented to the board states that SBAC will have only $2,136 to allocate next school year at the rate of the current fee. Last year, the committee had more than $62,000 in funding, according to the report. The Liaison Committee also discussed the results of SGA's Student Issues Survey with the board. See SGA Page 2 Ways for CMU to prepare students for an international business world, including advocating language requirements for high school students, were discussed Thursday at the Faculty-Trustees Liaison Committee meeting. The General Education Committee has been looking into what CMU can do to incorporate global education into CMU's programs, said Susan Conner, faculty committee member and chair of the history department. Conner said the General Education Committee sees two main areas for growth in global education: within the framework of the Gen. Ed program, and in increasing the number of international students. She said one avenue for creating students who are ready to deal with international situations could be to require high school students to take foreign language. However, for this to be an effective means for expanding global education on the university level, other schools should follow similar guidelines. Students need to gain competency in dealing with the work in terms other than their own cultures, she said. "The world is a much smaller place than it used to be," she said. Trustee Roger Kesseler said he isn't sure proficiency in foreign language is that important. See MEETING Page 2 Projects highlighted at exhibit By Erik Mueller LIFE Staff Writer Displays of 29 faculty research and technology projects were featured Wednesday as part of the 11th annual Faculty Creativity Day exhibition. The exhibition, which took place in the Bovee University Center, also highlighted the winners of the ^resident's and provost's awards for outstanding research, and awards for research excellence and research professorship. "CU-SeeMe and I Phone," a videoconferencing project developed by Edward Roberts, associate professor of foreign languages, literatures and cultures and Brigitte Bechtold, professor of economics, was one of the technology projects featured. The program will turn a residence hall room into a classroom, Roberts said, by eventually enabling students to use their own computer, some software and the Internet to link them to classes across campus or across the world. The cost for this system was the price of the software and about $200 for a color camera for the video conferencing, Roberts said. Jeffrey Grey, computer repair technician II for Computer Services, said the classrooms of the future will be computerized, interactive forums without people in the classroom. "There could be 10 people actually in the classroom and 40 people participating in the class through their computer, " he said. Roberts demonstrated the system by conversing with a dean at a university in Chile. Conversing in Spanish, Roberts discussed the weather and the next video conference with the dean in Chile. While the men were talking, a moving picture of the dean responding to Roberts' questions was projected on a movie screen. The audio transmissions were instantaneous like phone conversations. The video projection was delayed slightly and made the dean appear to move in slow-motion. LIFE Photo/Brandon Sullivan Faculty Creativity Day — Sarah Delia, Mount Pleasant resident, looks over a display of books published by Central Michigan University's faculty members Wednesday afternoon at the Faculty Research and Creativity Day in the U.C. Bovee Conference Center. Grey said new technology will be able to send audio, video, and data transmission through the phone lines more than 10 times faster than the current rate of 10 megabytes per second. Two or more people could carry on video conferencing just as if they were speaking face to face. "It would be just like Star Trek. The conversations will look just like when the captain speaks to aliens on his video monitor," he said. CMU has already contacted universities in Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and Chile to develop video conferencing between students and faculty. Grey said Pearee, Woldt, Rowe and Foust halls and Park Library are slated eventually have video conferencing systems. John Monahan, professor of psychology, displayed three computer screens containing moving shapes and colors in a different project titled "Improving Perceptual Demonstrations." Monahan said the system is supposed to improve the quality of classroom perceptual demonstrations. According to Monahan, perceptual demonstrations test how the brain reacts to organization and from perceptions based on movement and other factors. He said introducing this program to his students will teach him what parts of his research project will and will not be BEEHR effective for testing visual perception. The exhibition concluded with an awards presentation. Four faculty members received CMU's most prestigious awards for their outstanding research and creative activity. University President Leonard Plachta presented the President's Awards to Terry Beehr, professor of psychology, and William Browne, professor of political science. The President's Awards recognize the BROWNE See PROJECTS Page 2 INS IDE Three students plan to petition administration By Julia Jones LIFE Staff Writer Two students at CMU and one Mid-Michigan Community College student are planning to petition the university saying the administration has misused funds from student tuition. Todd Cowles, Grand Rapids sophomore, said the purpose of the petition is "to bring awareness to the students." He said CMU students are conservative and historically do not protest the actions of the administration. Cowles, Nick Morehead, South Haven sophomore, and Lucas Rice from MMCC, who plans to attend CMU next year, copied 200 fliers entitled "CMU Reality" and posted them around campus. The fliers cite examples of misuses of funds and give information about the petition. They will circulate campus all next week asking students to sign a petition saying they are aware of the administration's misuse of funds and are willing to stand up to it. Associate Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing Rae Goldsmith said, "Certainly these individuals have the right to circulate a petition, but we would encourage students to make sure they have a full understanding of the facts and issues prior to signing their names to anything." Cowles gave examples of misuse of funds including the $28.7 million addition c__to the Student Activity Center, new signs for the Bovee University Center, new awnings for the Towers, a $100,000 administrative assistant for President Plachta and a $19,000 raise for President Plachta. Goldsmith said the new athletics complex will benefit all students, not just athletes. Part of the funding will go to the relocation and upgrading of intramural fields which are used by all students, and appropriate facili- See PETITION Page 2 College within reach for disabled ■ Kincaid said since '89 total number of disabled has quadrupled at CMU By Julia Jones LIFE Staff Writer Jeanne Kincaid, due process special education hearing officer for the state of New Hampshire, believes higher educational goals are within reach for disabled students. Kincaid spoke to approximately 100 people about compliance issues of the American Disabilities Act as part of a "Breakfast With" series Thursday morning. The program was rescheduled from October when Kincaid was unable to attend. "She was well worth waiting for," said director of the Multicultural Programming Ulana Klymyshyn. Kincaid said, eight years ago, CMU had 60 disabled students. Today, that number has reached 240. Kincaid said those numbers reflect good effort in the K- 12 area. She said there is now a higher vision for disabled students. They are looking toward higher education. Kincaid said the ADA reaches out to all areas of campus life, including career courses, social life, and field placement. Kincaid said accessibility is the most difficult compliance issue. "We should welcome people with a disability who keep us honest." She said it was important for a campus to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. Kincaid said offices have tightened their policies on another compliance issue, documentation. "We have an obligation to make sure documentation of a disability is quality. We want to make sure people are really entitled." Kincaid said many places use the three-year rule, which requires people with disabilities and who request accommodations, to have documentations that are less than three years old. Kincaid said field placement and internships must be made accessible. For some employers this may be their first time working with a disabled person. She encouraged the use of the ADA as a marketing tool. "It will really help employers See VISION Page 2 L _ ._>.-'.. * !.
|Title||1997-03-14; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, March 14, 1997 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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